It gives its name to a ward of the City bounded by White Kennet Street in the north and Crutched Friars in the south, taking in Leadenhall and Fenchurch Streets, which remain principal thoroughfares through the City of London, each splitting from the short street named Aldgate that connects to Aldgate High Street. Sir John Cass's school, where a plaque records the former placement of London Wall, is sited on the north side of Aldgate.
In the 1970s, the historic street pattern in central Aldgate was altered to form one large traffic gyratory at the junction which included Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Road. This was followed by office development took place on the traffic island at the centre with a network of underground subways was constructed to provide pedestrian access beneath the one-way system and to provide a link to the London Underground stations. This led to parts of Aldgate being protected in the Whitechapel High Street Conservation Area and there are numerous listed buildings.
Aldgate is a well connected area, with it being linked by two stations on the London Underground at Aldgate Station to the Metropolitan and Circle Line, and the District and Hammersmith & City Lines at Aldgate East Station which are all in Travelcard Zone 1.
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